Dangerous eyesore torn down on Detroit's west side, neighbors overjoyed

Seeing an old vacant apartment building being demolished was a dream come true to people living in one neighborhood on Detroit’s west side.
 
For over three years the eyesore on the corner of Keeler and Steel sat empty and brought squatters and several fires.
 
Falling bricks had made the sidewalk impassable, and several trips to City Hall seemed to be getting neighbors no where.
 
Two weeks ago, 7 Action News stepped in, contacted the city about the dangerous building, and Mayor Duggan's team ordered an emergency demolition.
 
Friday morning, neighbors welcomed the noise of the demolition as Paul Sherman of Adamo Demolition worked the controls of an excavator and brought the old building down in less than an hour.
 
A lot of rubble was hauled away today, but it's expected to take about a week to ten days for completion of the project.
 
"The mayor is really, really committed to getting rid of this blight," said Kim Tandy, District 2 Manager for Detroit's newly created Department of Neighborhoods.
 
Tandy says if Detroiters see an eyesore in their neighborhood, they can call (313)224-4415 to reach the Department of Neighborhoods manager assigned to their district.
 
"If you call your district manager, we now have the ability to get to the right people, to get the right things addressed," said Tandy.
 
While the building demolished Friday was far beyond repair, one of the goals of the Detroit Land Bank Authority is to return Detroit's abandoned properties to "productive use" by auctioning homes that can be saved to people eager to be a part of the revitalization of the city.
 
For information on the property auctions, go to buildingdetroit.org .
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